Because of short class periods, science classes in grades 6-12 may not be able to visit the Museum. With that in mind, the education staff of the Bean Life Science Museum has developed the "Bio-box" concept. Bio-boxes allow us to bring the Museum’s unique and valuable resources to students unable to visit the Museum. We also have an Elementary Education Bio-box available.
Each Bio-box contains mounted specimens from the museum’s education collection, as well as “biofacts.” Biofacts are biological artifacts, such as animal skin, feathers, eggs, antlers, bones, fruits, seeds, etc. The final item in each box will be a teacher’s guide (click on the image below to download), which will give teachers an overview of the subject, a description of the Bio-box’s connection to specific core curriculum concepts, and ideas as to how the contents of the Bio-box can be incorporated into their lesson plans.
The materials in each Bio-box can be used in a number of ways, whether as the topic of a single lesson or as supplemental material for an entire unit.
Policies and Check-out Procedures
- Bio-boxes may be kept for up to two weeks.
- Before requesting a Bio-box be sure to check the corresponding calendar for availability. We do not consider requests more than 4 months in advance.
- Use of a Bio-box is free, but you will be required to enter a valid credit card at the time of your request as a security deposit. For each day the box is late, a $5.00 late fee is assessed; if any items from the box have been damaged or are missing your credit card will be charged.
- Delivery service is now available for schools in Utah County for $35. Simply indicate that you would like this service when filling out the online request form. There will be an additional $20 distance fee for every 20 miles (beyond the first 20 miles).The credit card you provided at the time of your registration will be charged after the delivery has occurred.